Artwork by Associate Maureen Frommelt
Advent is an awesome liturgical season that speaks to the heart like no other!
As we await the birth of Jesus at Christmas, the waiting and watching spoken of in the daily readings bring about an ardent, quiet longing. Even when pondering at twilight, the purple skies with outlines of now-leafless trees in a pre-winter chill engender a prayerful, peaceful longing . . . for something more.
For sure, these days we are longing for a life without the fear and sadness of this pandemic, or for some new life in unity for our country, or that climate might be dealt with such that our planet might be saved for the future.
We sing, O Come, O Come Emmanuel, and ransom us! We are captive!
But Emmanuel is God with us, and is longing for us! We are already ransomed!
Thus, might some of what we have been through the last several months have been grace, pure grace?
As we ponder the mystery of the Incarnation when the Son of God humbled himself, taking on our humanity, let us keep increasing our awareness of and rejoicing in God’s presence with us always.
Let us be mindful of what is happening to us and around us so that we may continue to bring God’s presence into every situation and to everyone we meet, no matter what or who this might be!